Westfield head coach Bob North named division’s Coach of the Year, Evan Hauser makes First Team
OBSERVER Staff Report
After the first undisputed division title since 2000, the Westfield Wolverines took home a huge portion of the CCAA Division 2 West boys basketball honors, released earlier this week.
Westfield Wolverines head coach Bob North was selected as Coach of the Year in Division 2 West, while his team took home the honor of the division’s Team Sportsmanship Award. The Wolverines finished the season with a record of 14-7 after a first round playoff loss to 5-seed Bennett in Westfield on Feb. 22, but won the league title with a 10-2 record. Panama and Clymer were each a game behind the Wolverines at 9-3 each.
Among the play on the court, the division’s top six players selected were all from different teams. Leading the way with the division’s Player of the Year honor was Panama’s Cameron Barmore. A junior, Barmore led the Panama Panthers to a Class D sectional championship with over 21 points per game and nearly 13.5 rebounds per game, the highest among all players in the division in both categories.
Westfield, Brocton and Cassadaga Valley all had First Team All-Stars, this season as well. Westfield senior captain Evan Hauser made the First Team after leading Westfield in scoring at 12.8 points per game. Brocton’s Ronald “Bubba” Brown earned First Team honors for the Bulldogs with 15.7 points per game. Brocton improved its win total to six wins this season, after only two wins a year ago. Cassadaga Valley senior Connor Crabtree capped off his basketball career in style, with a First Team selection from the Cougars. Crabtree reached the 1,000 point milestone on his Senior Night on Feb. 15 with a 62-55 win over Cattaraugus/Little Valley at Cassadaga Valley High School.
Rounding out the First Team were Lucas Willink of Clymer and John Swabik of Sherman.
The division champion Wolverines were not done yet, however, as five Westfield juniors were honored by the league, as well. Andrew Baribeau and Ryan Jafarjian each earned Second Team All-Star selections after both averaging double digits in scoring per game. The rest of the talented junior class in Westfield — Nathan Culbreth, Michael Johnson and Dylan Scriven — made the Honorable Mention list. Brocton’s Riley Rivera was also Honorable Mention, as was David Peterson, Ty Pattyson and Mark Swanson, all of Cassadaga Valley.
Also earning Second Team honors were Mike Beatman of Sherman and a pair of Panama Panthers, Mitch Hovey and Jack Sperry.